The Lyceum

The Lyceum, Alexandria: Hours, Address, The Lyceum Reviews: 4/5

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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349Charles25
Alexandria, VA984 contributions
Located in a historic building in downtown Alexandria, the focus local history. The atmosphere is low key and the admission is very reasonable. Call ahead and make sure the museum is open. Hours are reduced due to Covid.
Written January 9, 2021
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Woventales
East Hartford, CT144 contributions
Couples
Museums are my passion, and this one had fewer artifacts, yet I found it interesting and worth the visit.
Written September 3, 2018
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,308 contributions
Solo
The Lyceum houses a three room museum tracing Alexandria's history from colonial times through the 20th Century. There's a $2 suggested donation but they waved me through rather than take a credit card.

The exhibits are heavier on the reading than on the artifacts. There's some old furniture and excavated pottery and Civil War guns and bullets. It's fine for what it is, but the history of Alexandria - though old as American cities go - is just not that extraordinary. I was able to see everything here in less than an hour.
Written March 11, 2018
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,763 contributions
Couples
Very small museum, free although they suggest a $2 donation. Relatively few real historical items. Did enjoy seeing the actual costumes worn by the PBS actors in "Mercy Street". Mercy Street was a PBS production about residents of Alexandria during the civil war. Interesting signage and stories of Alexandria residents who participated in various wars (but none of their actual belongings). 15 to 30 minutes is plenty
Written July 4, 2017
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DCKMBELL
Pittsfield, MA44 contributions
Friends
Free concert on the Sunday we visited was wonderful and the perfect length for an interlude. The exhibit we saw after was informative and eye opening. Coming from true northern state we tend to forget how close the south really was to Washington DC during the civil war!!! Glad we stopped in and saw this lovely old building up close and personal
Written October 14, 2014
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC4,067 contributions
Couples
This place is well-interpreted and well-organized. Definitely worth stopping in, and certainly worth spending an hour in. It's all about the history of Alexandria, which was a very instrumental city in the founding of our country!
Written January 21, 2014
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GinnyE231
Seattle, WA64 contributions
Couples
Their current feature on Alexandria during the Civil war is objective & interesting to history buffs. Price is right-$2.00
Written April 13, 2012
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
Built in 1839, the Lyceum is a historic structure in Alexandria, Virginia, that severs as the official history museum of the city and tells the story of the city's history from Colonial times through the 20th century. Located at 201 South Washington Street, at Prince Street, in the historic Old Town district, the Greek Revival structure was built from bricks from the original St. Mary's chapel to serve as a permanent home for the Alexandria Lyceum and the Alexandria Library. During the Civil War, it served as a hospital. After the war, it became a private home, the Chamber of Commerce and the nation's first Bicentennial Visitor's Center. Today, known officially as the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum, it offers exhibitions, public programs, a museum store and facility rentals. Open from 11 to 4 Thursday and Friday, 11 to 5 on Saturday and 1 to 5 on Sunday, the museum features exhibits on Alexandria's first Girl Scout troops, photographer Nina Tisara's collection of 106 images that provide a portrait of Alexandria's worship community in the 1980s, chronicling the pandemic in Alexandria during the past year, a collection of artifacts that commemorate and celebrate the life and achievements of George Washington and documenting the most popular historic sites in Alexandria.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Virginia Landmark in 1969.
Written December 16, 2021
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byteforbyte
Accokeek, MD123 contributions
Couples
The Lyceum is a great place to host events and take in some history. They also have a gift shop where you can purchase things about Alexandria.
Written January 29, 2020
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Jed F
Richmond, VA86 contributions
If you want to learn about the history of Alexandria, this is the place to go. Interesting exhibits and good details as well as a bunch of old black and white pictures showing how the town used to be.
Written November 1, 2019
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